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 Weekly Member Update - August 31, 2012

Volunteer's Note

Which of the Annual Meeting Social Tours Will You Pick?

Free Mobile App Puts the Annual Meeting at Your Fingertips

OREF Offers New Funding Opportunities

ASSH Social Media: Doc Hops on Child's Bike to Escape Traffic on Way to Surgery

Deadline for Abstract Submissions for IFSSH-IFSHT 2013 Meeting Pushed Back

Thank You to AFSH Donors

CMS Confirms One-Year Delay to ICD-10; New Compliance Date is October 1, 2014


Volunteer's Note

In 2009, the Social Media Task Force was formed to help members learn how to use social media outlets as convenient tools to benefit them and their practices.
With over 35% of US Internet users participating in social media, an increasing number of our patients are using these sources to obtain health care information, find local physicians, and interact with the medical community.
At least year's Annual Meeting, we gave an Instructional Course lecture title "Social Media and Your Practice: How to Connect with and Inform Your Patients and the Public" that attracted more than 100 attendees.  We will be giving an updated Instructional Course (IC16) at the 2012 Meeting on Friday, September 7, at 4:30 p.m.
There are many opportunities for members to participate in social media through the Hand Society.  The ASSH Facebook page  and Twitter account continue to grow in followers and traffic.  The ASSH staff posts useful and often fun material to these sites nearly every day. 
ASSH members can also participate in the members-only LinkedIn group (great forum for discussions), and they can view videos on the ASSH YouTube channel.
In addition, the Young Members Steering Committee has started an ASSH Young Members Forum Facebook group, which is gaining steam as a place for young physicians to interact.
For those who are new to social media, signing up for these sites and joining these groups is very easy – only takes a minute.  In the case of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, you can either visit the sites to get updates, or you can link them to your email so you get notifications (daily, or less frequently, depending on your preference).  
Another attractive outlet is the Online Consultation Corner, an interactive, Web-based version of the popular segment at the Annual Meeting.  OCC's continue to have strong member attendance and participation.  Topics this year have been thumb CMC arthritis and Kienböck's Disease.  Member suggestions for topics for upcoming OCC's are welcome; the July OCC on Kienböck’s Disease was inspired by heavy discussion on the topic on the ASSH Listserv.
If you haven't already, we invite you try some or all of these resources.  Social media outlets have had a profound affect on the way people communicate, and we believe there is great opportunity for physicians within that realm.  
See you at the Annual Meeting!
Scott D. Lifchez, MD
Chair, Social Media Task Force

Which of the Annual Meeting Social Tours Will You Pick?
From Frank Lloyd Wright to Al Capone, the Annual Meeting Social Tours offer something for everyone.
Visit our Social Tour webpage today and reserve your spot for one of the treks in the Chicagoland area.  You can choose from:
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio and Oak Park Tour
  • Chicago's Historic North Shore and The Chicago Botanic Gardens
  • The Sanfilippo Estate
  • Chicago's Gangster Tour
  • Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
  • Bottles and Brushes (Walking Tour)
  • Chicago on FIRE!!!

​All Tours leave from the West Tower lobby of the Hyatt Regency Chicago.


Free Mobile App Puts the Annual Meeting at Your Fingertips

The 67th Annual Meeting of the ASSH is just around the corner, and whether you have already registered or haven't decided yet, take a look at all that the meeting has to offer by downloading our free meeting app.

Search "ASSH AM 2012" and download the app to see a full program, exhibitor listing, paper and poster abstracts, and so much more. 

Need help getting started?  Watch our How-To Video.

See for yourself how easy it is to create your meeting schedule, add personal appointments during the meeting, make notes about sessions or exhibitors and download handouts.



OREF Offers New Funding Opportunities

The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation is pleased to announce new funding opportunities for: 

ASSH Social Media: Doc Hops on Child's Bike to Escape Traffic on Way to Surgery

Catherine Baucom, MD was on her way to surgery early in the morning last Wednesday when she found herself caught in traffic caused by an accident that shut down Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge, La. 

According to officials at BRASS Surgery Center, Dr. Baucom, a breast oncologist, tried to navigate the gridlock to no avail, so she decided to take matters into her own hands.
Dr. Baucom remembered a friend who lived a few blocks from her position in the mayhem and made her way to his house. 

"Catherine called; she was outside my house," said Brian Barnett, also a physician. "She said, 'Hey, do you have a bike?'
"I walked outside and said, 'Yea, it's a kids bike.'"
After a quick test run, Dr. Baucom decided the bike was her only choice to get to the hospital on time.
"I got the air pump out and aired the tires up as much as I could," she said.
Barnett gladly loaned his 7-year-old daughter's bike and helmet to Baucom, and the nearly 6-foot-tall surgeon resumed her journey to the surgery center, eventually making it to the hospital after a 30-minute ride.
You read more and watch the video either by visiting the ASSH Facebook page or the original story.  


Deadline for Abstract Submissions for IFSSH-IFSHT 2013 Meeting Pushed Back

A joint meeting of the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (IFSSH) and the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy (IFSHT) will be held March 4-8, 2013, in New Delhi, India.

Due to multiple requests from member nations, the organizers of the meeting have extended the deadline for abstract submissions to September 20, 2012.  In light of the deadline change, the organizers will now inform those who submitted abstracts whether they've been accepted on October 10, 2012. 


Roberto J. Acosta, MD
Lewis Chamoy, MD
Kulvinder Sachar, MD
Subhro K. Sen, MD
Steven S. Shin, MD
Glenn A. Teplitz, MD
Eric P. Thorson, MD
Andrew J. Weiland, MD

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CMS Confirms One-Year Delay to ICD-10; New Compliance Date is October 1, 2014 - from AMA

Physicians now have an extra year to prepare for the new ICD-10 code set as the result of a final rule issued August 24 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  The rule delays the compliance deadline by one year to October 1, 2014.

The delay is intended to give physicians more time to ready their practices for the transition to ICD-10 and conduct testing prior to the compliance deadline.  Read more.